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QUB opens a book of condolence in memory of chancellor

By Lauren Harte

A book of condolence has opened at Queen's University for those wishing to pay tribute to late chancellor Dr Tom Moran.

The 65-year-old Irish-American businessman, who was appointed chancellor of the university in 2015, passed away on Saturday in New York.

The book of condolence will be available to sign from 9.30am to 4.30pm until Friday. Those unable to attend can email their condolences to vc.office@qub.ac.uk.

Dr Moran's funeral will be held at St Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan on Friday.

A New Yorker with ancestral roots in Ireland, Dr Moran was listed as one of the top 100 Irish-American business people in the US. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and was the first person to have been appointed president from within the company.

He also held the post of chairman of Concern Worldwide Inc, an international humanitarian relief organisation.

Concern Worldwide chief executive Dominic MacSorley described Dr Moran as "a giant of a man and an unstoppable force for good".

DUP leader Arlene Foster tweeted that "Tom had a passion for the future of NI and ensuring each student reached their full potential".

Secretary of State Karen Bradley said Northern Ireland was "indebted to Tom Moran for his work over the past decades".

The US Consulate in Belfast described him as "a long-standing advocate of reconciliation in Northern Ireland and a leader committed to promoting QUB's academic excellence across the United States".

Tributes were also paid by Irish President Michael D Higgins, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald, former SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service David Sterling and musician Phil Coulter.

Mr Higgins presented Dr Moran with the presidential distinguished service award in Dublin three years ago.

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